Robyn Rihanna Fenty is known by many names- as the global superstar Rihanna as well as the moniker BadGalRiRi. She is also known as one of the most influential skincare and beauty entrepreneurs in the world. Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017 when she was just 29 years old. The line was groundbreaking for its range of foundations offered, especially for darker skin tones, as well as its gender inclusivity. Fenty Beauty launched with 40 shades of foundation and now has 50.
The beauty brand launched with a huge amount of buzz and the darker tones sold out almost immediately. A Medium article about the Fenty Beauty launch called “The Best Social Media Product Launch in History,” summed up the response to Fenty Beauty in this way: “Spoiler alert: the world essentially lost control of all of its faculties.” In its first month, Fenty Beauty was valued at $72 million and Time magazine named it one of the 25 best inventions of 2017, along with the Tesla Model 3.
In July 2020 Rihanna launched her complementary new skincare line, called Fenty Skin, which debuted with just three products. The line recently added a fourth product. Here’s a closer look at the skin care line, what the products can do and is it worth a try?
What Is Fenty Skin?
Fenty Skin is Rihanna’s skin care line and joins Fenty Beauty. It has just a handful of products– Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser, Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum, Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and the brand new Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream, which debuted in October 2020. The products are oil free, cruelty free and are meant to be used by all skin types.
What is the Fenty Skin Philosophy?
The brand describes itself as “the new culture of skincare” on social media. When the skincare line debuted, Rihanna noted in a press release, “Fenty Skin is everything I wish I had back then. I wanted it to feel approachable, easy, and to take the pressure off choosing a routine, so I created one for everyone.” In an interview with British Vogue, Rihanna summed up her skincare philosophy this way: “Skincare, it’s the truth. It either works or it doesn’t. There’s nowhere to hide.”
What Are The Most Popular Fenty Skin Products?
Fenty Skin has only four products in its collection and each one is meant to be a multi-tasker. Here’s a breakdown.
Total Cleans’r Remove it All Cleanser
This daily cleanser has the consistency of a gel-cream and the twist top is meant to dispense just the right amount of product. The company suggests using a pea sized amount of the pale pink cleanser and mixing it with water. It is designed to remove daily dirt and sweat along with makeup, but without drying or stripping the skin.
Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum
The Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum is arguably the most innovative product in the Fenty Skin line. The hybrid toner serum has a thick, viscous texture and is meant to be the second step of the skin care routine, after cleansing. The jelly-like product should be pressed into the skin, and according to a Fenty press release, “Fat Water does it all—it makes pores and dark spots less visible, brightens, smooths, fights shine—all without stripping skin. It’s everything for everyone. I’m obsessed with it.”
Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This daytime moisturizer is designed to do more than just hydrate skin. The cream is meant to feel lightweight and offers sun protection thanks to Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – without leaving a white, chalky residue on darker skin tones. The cream also tackles discoloration and dark spots thanks to niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3). The formula does not contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, which can damage coral reefs. The Hydra Vizor is a soft pink color that is meant to be flattering to all skin types. The product is also refillable to help cut down on packaging.
Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream
The Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream is a night cream designed to hydrate and revitalize the skin. This means that it adds moisture while also brightening the skin and reducing the look of pores and dark spots. The key ingredients are baobab, Australian lemon myrtle, Japanese raisin tree as well as niacinamide. The gel cream is also refillable.
Will There Be More Fenty Skin Products?
As of right now, there are only four Fenty Skin products but according to Harper’s Bazaar, when Rihanna filed a trademark for Fenty Skin with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it covered “medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care and personal care products (excluding color cosmetics, perfume and other fragrance-only products), and related accessories such as kits, tools and applicators.”
How Much Do Fenty Skin Products Cost?
Fenty Skin products have a mid-point price range, and items are sold individually as well as in kits. The Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sells for $35 and a tube of refill is $30. Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum is $28, while the Total Cleans’r Remove it All Cleanser is $25. The Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream sells for $40 and the refill is $36. A limited edition travel sized kit of all three products currently sells for $40, while a full-sized bundle of three products (the cleanser, toner and moisturizer) is $75.
Is Fenty Skin Cruelty Free?
Yes. Fenty Skin products are cruelty free, vegan, non comedogenic and gluten free.
What Ingredients Are in Fenty Skin?
Fenty Skin products are formulated with a mix of tried and true skincare ingredients as well as some more unusual items. Some of the brand’s signature ingredients include Barbados cherry, an antioxidant packed with vitamin C; ginkgo biloba, which helps control oil and clarify skin; Australian lemon myrtle to help reduce surface oil and refine pores; detoxifying Japanese raisin tree; kalahari melon for hydration and niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3. Other key ingredients include hyaluronic acid; citric acid; baobab and witch hazel, an astringent.
Where Can I Buy Fenty Skin ?
Fenty Skin products are sold on the company website.
Does Fenty Skin Work?
Deciding if a product might work for you is never a straight forward process. It also involves a little trial and error and starting with reviews can be helpful. Fenty Skin launched in July 2020 with plenty of press and fan fare, and has already scooped up awards. The Hydra Vizor won a 2020 Best of Beauty Award from O, the Oprah magazine. Editorial write ups are largely positive – as Allure noted, “Granted, genetics plays a big part in what your skin looks like, but if these three products bring us even an inch closer to having skin as flawless as Rih’s, it’s money well spent.”
Some write ups noted that the Fenty Skin scents may be off putting to some, as they have a fruity scent. As Harper’s Bazaar, noted, “The fruity scent, while confirmed to be natural, can be overwhelming. All three products have the same level of fragrance, so keep that in mind if you’re not a fan of fruity skincare or have sensitive skin.” Online criticism focuses on the inclusion of witch hazel, an astringent, in the Fat Water. In an article in Who What Wear where a group of dermatologists were asked to evaluate Fenty Skin, some of them praised the inclusion of niacinamide, which helps reduce dark spots and improves tone and texture. However, they also noted that fragrance is one of the biggest causes of allergic contact dermatitis.
What do real people think of Fenty Skin? User reviews are harder to come by as the products are only sold on the company website. The YouTuber LABeautyOlogist (Nayamka Roberts-Smith, an esthetician) reviewed the three original Fenty Skin products. She said that the Total Cleans’R removed all of her makeup but also recommended doing a double cleanse. Roberts-Smith did not love the addition of witch hazel in the Fat Water Toner-Serum but said the rest of the ingredients list was “pretty redeeming.” She also said she was a little disappointed by the level of hydration in the toner.
On a Reddit thread about Fenty Skin, there was plenty of discussion and debate about the inclusion of fragrance in the products. As Sticky Me wrote, “Yup. Seconding the eczema/fragrance deal…people, support who you want. Fenty skincare is a skincare for bougie folks with strong outer skin. it has its aesthetics, beauty and flaws.” Pizza on my Feet echoed this, writing, “I don’t like that she put scent in & I also would never buy an influencers skin care line, because I know I have sensitive skin and they have no credibility in the skin care area to me whatsoever.”
Fenty Skin has more than 422 reviews on Influenster. The Hydra Vizor Invisible Sunscreen gets a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from more than 130 reviews. Fans praise the cream’s lightweight texture and like that it doesn’t leave skin looking ashy. One user noted “You cannot go wrong with this product as it is a moisturizer (that has so many skin benefits) & a sunscreen in one – it is so lightweight, doesn’t feel oily at all, in fact its oil-free and it brightens your skin; like immediately.” Other users weren’t sure how they felt about it. “I have mixed thoughts on this product as it kind of back tracks the oil fighting aspects of Fat Water. Cause it causes a shiny after effect which isn’t what some like. Once again it is overly scented as well and can irritate sensitive skin. So watch out if you are sensitive.”
The Fat Water Pore Refining Toner Serum also gets a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Influenster. Fans called it “genius” and are “obsessed.” “I have seen a big difference in my skin, in which it has helped with the appearance of my pores and has helped with hyperpigmentation. I will definitely repurchase.” Some people had an allergic reaction. “It did help me get the appearance of smaller pores but ironically my skin got pretty dry and my skin did not react well to the product.”
The 4.5 star rated Total Cleans’R was called “amazing” by many reviewers who felt that it gave skin a deep clean without overdrying it. “Great consistency and a little goes a long way, I’m obsessed with how tight and moisturized my face feels!!!” Others pointed out that they didn’t like the strong scent or felt it wasn’t anything special. “I would say this is just a basic cleanser that doesn’t do much to your skin. I’m assuming it would be great to remove makeup but haven’t tried it for that yet.”
What Are Some Alternatives to Fenty Skin?
Fenty Skin may not be for everyone. Perhaps it didn’t do anything for your skin or you had a bad reaction- or anti-aging concerns are your primary focus. There are a few other brands to consider.
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The star ingredient in Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream is the gold-standard of wrinkle fighters – retinol. This vitamin A derivative helps tackle fine lines, crow’s feet as well as dark spots. What makes this formula different is that it contains a high dose of retinol as well as ultra-soothing and hydrating safflower seed oil and jojoba, which lock moisture in and help minimize any potential irritation.
Formulyst’s Pro-Collagen Serum is formulated for aging skin and contains a potent mix of peptides and proteins. Gently pat a few drops of this hydrating serum on the face to help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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Sources: Medium, Time, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Who What Wear, Reddit, Vogue, Influenster